“My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word. Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?” (Psalm 119:81-82)
Those who “love the LORD” with all their heart, soul, and might (Deuteronomy 6:5) and those who seek the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33) deeply long to “understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:5).
Yet in spite of such longing, the saints of God are often perplexed by the apparent success of the wicked. This psalmist is no exception:
- “When wilt thou comfort me?” (Psalm 119:82).
- “I am become like a bottle in the smoke” (v. 83).
- “When wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?” (v. 84).
- “The proud have digged pits for me” (v. 85).
- “They persecute me wrongfully” (v. 86).
- “They had almost consumed me upon the earth” (v. 87).
Among all the heartfelt complaints, however, is the continual reliance on the promises and principles of God’s Word. The psalmist promised not to forget the statutes, though he felt invisible to God (v. 83). And though he knew that his days are not guaranteed, he expected God to judge the wicked (v. 84). He knew the “commandments are faithful,” and he promised the Lord that he would not forsake the precepts (vv. 86-87).
The final request should be ours as well: “Quicken me [enliven, revive] after thy lovingkindness” (v. 88). Even though God “hast shewed me great and sore troubles,” the confidence is that God “shalt quicken me again” (Psalm 71:20). On the basis of that assurance, our response should be like this godly man’s: “So shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth” (Psalm 119:88). HMM III
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